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South: The ENDURANCE Expedition Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 1999
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In comparison, 'South' has the following shortcomings:
1. The writing style is impenetrable & stilted. It has not aged well in the 80+ years since it was put down on paper.
2. The misuse of Frank Hurley's photographs is annoying - they're out-of-focus, oddly chosen and misplaced in sequence in the book. See Alexander's book for a revelation of the power and majesty of Hurley's work.
3. You only get Shackleton's point of view here. Lansing and Alexander pull together the journals of many particpants and you get a real flavor of the men that comprise the crew. Here, you get only Sir Ernest, dispensing some kind words about each member, last name only, no background info. The other books tell you quite a bit about flawed characters like McNish and Lees.
I have trouble imagining anyone not liking it. I have read hundreds or thousands of adult books and this is one of my very highest recommendations. Certainly anyone that loves: (1) adventure; (2) historical books; (3) books about the natural world will love it -- but honestly, you only need one of the three, and if (2) and (3) dont interest you, you'll likely still love it. It works incredibly well just as an adventure.
It does start a little slow, with some modest number of pages on setting up the voyage and the initial "smooth sailing" portion of the voyage. This was enough to, at least for now, derail my wife, but this portion is not that long, and you can always skim it.
Please note that the one negative review on Amazon appears to be talking about the costs-money paperback edition for sale reached from the same page as the free ebook. As such, the complaints that reviewer makes are legitimate and his review should actually not be rated unhelpful as many have done. The review does not, however, relate to the free ebook.
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